With the flu season in full swing, it's wise to take every precaution possible. You know the drill: wash your hands frequently, eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, and then HIT THE LAUNDRY ROOM ONCE A WEEK TO WASH YOUR COLD WEATHER GEAR! That's because those oh so stylish gloves, scarves and hats adding the finishing touches to your winter attire are doing lots more than just keeping you fashionably warm and cozy...they're harboring lots of unwelcome germs. Leather requires dry cleaning so it's best to wear "washing machine friendly" cotton or hand washable wool versions as much as possible. After washing, dry them on high heat for at least 28 minutes to kill viruses. If heat drying is not an option, air drying in direct sunlight is an effective substitute since the sun's ultraviolet light has disinfecting properties.
Now that you've got the washing down, the next step is to WEAR your gloves with care. Slip them off temporarily when you must handle objects that lots of other people are touching like handles and subway poles, don't stuff wet gloves into your pocket (they need time to air dry to kill bacteria), and whatever you do, NEVER remove them with your mouth! The smartest method is to take off your gloves from back to front just like healthcare workers do.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, fashionistas. So, we hope you'll stay chic, CLEAN, warm and WELL this winter!
V & T
Vicki & Tracy
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